Saturday, July 28th
1175 Bordeaux Dr.
Rooms 197A and 197B
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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Agenda to: George
Wireless Internet access is anticipated
(though not guaranteed) at Cogswell, so bring your wi-fi enabled
attending SVFIG meetings, please be aware that Cogswell College now locks its
doors on weekends. To gain entry to the building, there will be an SVFIG member
stationed at the door from 9:45am to 10:15am to admit recognized SVFIG meeting
attendees. If you are attending an SVFIG meeting for the first time, please
bring along a printout of this agenda to identify your interest in Forth and
gain admission. If you arrive after 10:15am, there will be a telephone number
posted for you to call to alert someone of your presence at the door. The front
door will also be checked at intervals of 20 to 30 minutes to accommodate those
Do not under
any circumstances let any strangers enter Cogswell. Those who are authorized
admittance have key-cards.
- 09:45 --- Coffee and a
- 10:00 --- An E-mail Strategy for Home
Users and Small Businesses --- Masa Kasahara
"My e-mail saga:
What options do we have?"
- 10:30 --- Linux, Xen, and Fedora 7
--- John E. Harbold
"As you know, desktop computers are getting more
and more powerful, such that they now can run several virtual operating systems
at once. One of these programs is called
Xen. You will be
able to run more than one operating system at a time, suspend and resume, or
migrate to another machine. Nice! I'll also talk about WIFI for Linux and the
niceties of Fedora 7."
- Noon --- Lunch
Some folks bring
their lunch, some folks go to Togos.
- 13:30 --- Introductions, Announcements,
Rumors, and Random Access
- 14:00 --- FEFFF, A Refactored P16
--- Don Roberts
"I finally found enough excuses to start building
my own Forth engine. Using Ting's P16 as the starting point, I refactored the
RTL architecture and instruction set in consideration of FPGA characteristics.
The ALU uses only a few percent of a $25 Spartan chip, and all memory is
on-chip. Synthesized from behavioral VHDL, simulation indicates a clock speed
of about 40 MHz."
Don now has his Forth engine implemented and he's
started testing it in an FPGA.
- 15:45 --- Discussion of presentation
ideas for the August SVFIG meeting
Bring your speaker and topic
suggestions. This means you!
How you can help SVFIG:
- Bring your speaker and topic suggestions
to every meeting!
- Your input for November's Forth Day is
Coming to SVFIG in August
- WAV file and Soundcard I/O Software
using Win32Forth - Andy Korsak
This software has been written
for amateur radio applications. Andy has suggested that it might be useful to
look at his code in advance of his talk. Contributions to this work-in-progress
would be welcomed. You can download and view his sound card software on the
group (membership required), or here.
Please register your interest for these
- The world's second Babbage Engine is
coming to town. Maybe we can have a meeting at the Computer History Museum to
have a look.
- Review and discussion of recent postings
- Review and discussion of interesting Forth
projects and many files at the
Off the table:
- There has been a lack of interest for a
presentation by a representative from Gumstix.
- There has been no success in contacting
the author of
Forth - written locally by Cliff L. Biffle
- A tour of
TechShop in Menlo Park is not
planned at this time. If you would like to visit the facility, please make your
own arrangements. Check out their talks, events, and instructional
If you have anything you'd
like to talk about in July or August,
please contact Kevin Appert.